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Mannabay – The Boutique Hotel of Your Dreams

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We recently sent our contributor, Warren Green to the Mother City.
Here’s what he had to say about his epic stay at Mannabay, Cape Town:

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MannaBay – Nestled in the foot of Table Mountain lies the boutique hotel of your dreams.

Cape Town is a city of diverse cultures, interesting people and strong international influence. Just like the city itself, MannaBay has been able to combine international influence with a strong South African flavour – a vibrant, modern swing on a South African luxury hotel.

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Fabulous artwork, fill the space of the hotel from floor to ceiling. Continental flags caress the floors, modern furniture infuses with ornate fabrics and edible views of Table Mountain, with Fynbos, surrounds drip into the entrance hall. All artists are local and range from tattoo artists, to street artists, to fine artists and everything in between.

Art is essential to MannaBay and is celebrated in many ways – through commissioned works, partnerships with art curators and galleries – MannaBay features various themed artworks, of which, profits are given to various charities.

Each room in the hotel has been decorated and designed to a specific theme. In total there are eight rooms; One suite – the Versailles Suite – and seven luxury rooms, including Black & White, Orchid, Flamingo, Explorer, Persian, Pom Pom, and Oriental.

We were lucky enough to be put up in the Oriental room, a rich culture we love.
After indulging in the opulent scenery, we were invited upstairs to our room and greeted with sparkling wine, homemade biscuits and fresh strawberries.

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The room was exquisite, down to every fine detail. Traditional Eastern artwork graced the walls with a buddhist sculpture in its glass casing. At the foot of the sturdy king-sized bed, an array of pink and white orchids with fine wallpaper clinging to the walls. The room was modern, with an iPad to control the flat screen TV, and encompassed everything you need to feel like you were truly home.

At MannaBay, expect to be treated like royalty. Guests receive the services of a butler! Our host, William, gladly looked after us throughout the day with attending to our every whim. Chef Lori is also at your service, delivering mouth-wateringly indulgent dishes.

Everyone made us feel so welcome that we had to remind ourselves not to walk around in our underwear, just like we do at home!

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One of the great events that Mannabay offers is their high tea. We were fortunate enough that this event took place the day we arrived. We had settled in our room and at around 15:00, our noses lead us down the artwork covered staircase to the centerpiece table where the cakes, tarts, fruit, tea, juice, sparkling wine and savoury goodness lay out in abundance.

In all my years, I had never tasted a Lemon Meringue pie that could compete with my mother’s recipe, but that day I found one that was on par! (Sorry, Mom) We set up our tea spot on the balcony, which boasted the most incredible view of Cape Town city, and indulged and indulged… and indulged. After a gorgeous, warm sunset, in the exact same spot, we were wrapped in blankets with whiskeys in hand.

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That evening were driven into the city,by the MannaBay chauffeur, for dinner. When we got home later that night, the night service butler was there to greet us with some whiskey, sherry and a few treats, which we could enjoy by the fireplace, the library, outside by the firepit or (our choice) of the patio that overlooked the beautiful lights of the city. A perfect way to end off a perfect day.

The next morning we woke up to blue skies and Table Mountain at the foot of our bed. We couldn’t wait to head downstairs as breakfast was being served. We entered the kitchen to find Lori making magic in the kitchen, and a large wooden table filled with all your breakfast desires. Breakfast with a view was the order of the morning. We started off with some delicious options from the buffet table and a cup of coffee. We both couldn’t resist the idea of Eggs Benedict on the menu, despite being irrationally full. I also couldn’t stop eating the fresh pastries – yes, it was that good.

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MannaBay is where you go to get away from the city, but still feel its tangible aura. As a luxury boutique hotel, it’s the perfect place to feel like a celebrity but still feel as though you are home. From check-in to, check-out, the intimate experience they provide is something you can’t get from a big hotel. The service is beyond compare, the food is exceptional and the hotel itself is an unbelievable place.

If we could score MannaBay higher than ten out of ten, we would. We were blown away by this luxury boutique hotel and I know we will be back sometime in the future.

Website: www.mannabay.com
Tel: +27 21 461 1094
Address: 8 Bridle Road, Oranjezicht, 8001

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Honeymoon in the most romantic place in KZN

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Planning the ideal honeymoon can be exceptionally daunting, not to mention expensive, but if you’re looking local, and want to continue the romance long past your wedding day, Granny Mouse Country House & Spa is a definite contender! Renowned for being one of the most romantic getaway destinations in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, this idyllic retreat offers the perfect setting for a romantic honeymoon, with its tranquil atmosphere, breathtaking scenery, world-class facilities and attentive staff.

Granny Mouse’s accommodation is luxury at its finest, ranging from their secluded garden rooms, nestled in their spectacular gardens, to their sprawling deluxe suites with private balconies overlooking the Lions River. Each and every room has been designed with comfort and luxury in mind, and are equipped with large bath tubs and aromatic bath salts and oils for those intimate evenings in.

Following the excitement of the wedding, what could be better than relaxing in their on-site, state-of-the-art spa, which offers an extensive range of treatments and therapies, including hydrotherapy to replenish your mind and body before you have to get back to reality?

One of the standout features of Granny Mouse is a culinary haven, offering guests a diverse range of delectable experiences. From their fine-dining restaurant, Eaves, with its sophisticated menu of modern fusion cuisine, to their open-sky Bistro, providing a more casual dining experience, and their wine cellar, which is undoubtedly the perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two. These, coupled with their award-winning wine menu, will have you toasting to your new life together. No matter where you choose to dine whilst on honeymoon, the Granny Mouse team will pull out all the stops to ensure the most romantic of occasions.

In addition to the fantastic facilities, Granny Mouse Country House & Spa is also ideally located for exploring the surrounding area. From picnics in the Caversham Valley to wine tasting, or just taking a leisurely stroll around the local stores to choose some new items for your home together, the list is endless.

Don’t miss out on an unforgettable honeymoon. Book your stay at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa today and let their team ensure a romantic and memorable experience for you and your partner.

BOOK HERE

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9 Reasons 1 Licorna Beach is the Ideal Umhlanga Stay

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In the heart of Umhlanga Beach lies a beautifully furnished, newly renovated beach house. Being a double storey with views and access to the ocean, 1 Licorna Beach is the perfect luxury getaway.

Suitable for both business and vacation rentals, this beachfront property will give you the “home away from home” relaxed feel with a pool, garden, outside braai area.

This beach house can accommodate up to 6 guests, and comprises of 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area. Stay entertained with smart tv, dual view DSTV and free wifi.

We’ve listed 9 of the many reasons why 1 Licorna Beach should be your next stay in Umhlanga:

1. UMHLANGA PROMENADE ACCESS
Enjoy direct access to the Umhlanga Promenade: a stretch along the Umhlanga coast and nature reserve, perfect for walks or runs and home to restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream spots and local vendors.

2. DIRECT BEACH ACCESS
Go for a swim in the warm Indian Ocean or chill on the shore. With beach access and a choice of four beaches in walking distance, what more do you need? Make sure there’s a life guard on duty if you go for a dip!

3. UMHLANGA NATURE RESERVE​
Explore the coastal wildlife, birds and forest along the Umhlanga Nature Reserve wooden boardwalk and trail. Be sure to check out the Bike & Bean coffee shop at the Northside of the Umhlanga Promenade.

4. FINE-DINING RESTAURANTS
Spoil yourself with a dinner date at The Chef’s Table or the 14 on Chartwell, both just a stone’s throw away at Umhlanga Village.

5. FREE WIFI
Stay connected with 1 Licorna’s free wifi during your stay. Whether for business or leisure, you and your family or guests are covered.

6. DAILY HOUSEKEEPING
No one wants to do the dishes & sweep on holiday! What’s better than arriving back to your accommodation to find it’s been cleaned?

7. 24 HOUR SECURITY & SAFE PARKING
Safety is a priority at Licorna Beach. Relax knowing that you, your family & belongings are tucked away in a gated, access controlled estate.

8. POOL ACCESS 
The communal pool is available for a dip, if the sea isn’t calling. Whether you’re braaiing, chilling or just cooling off – it’s nice to have options.

9. SELF-CATERING
Explore new restaurants or enjoy the comforts of home cooking. Remember, you won’t have to do the dishes either. Don’t forget to have a braai while you’re at 1 Licorna.

To book your stay:
Cell: 083 492 3241
Website: www.1licornabeach.co.za

Address:
82 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga

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Want to stay in the heart of Cape Town? Here’s why The Cape Milner should be your go-to.

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For Durbanites, a trip to Cape Town is always enthralling. White-sand beaches, throngs of restaurants, and sea life sightings are just some of the things we look forward to when visiting our Mother City. Of course, the various accommodation on offer forms part of said hype – and can either make or break your experience!

Well, we’re here to tell you this: If you’re looking for a hotel that’s contemporary, comfy, central, quiet and not too costly, we’ve found the place for you. Not to mention its fascinating decor, great hospitality, and luxury charm that just wraps you up and keeps you snug throughout your entire stay.

The opulent Cape Milner building matches Cape Town’s Victorian aesthetic. But inside you’ll find a mix of art-deco, modern and African chic; much like the feel of modern Africa today.

As if wedged at the bottom of Table Mountain, the views from the rooms and lounges are spectacular. We particularly enjoyed dining out in the swanky Glass Lounge, where you can look up into the blue sky or night stars while you enjoy a hearty lamb shank below.

Our homely rooms overlooked the serene Milner Road, with its impressive avenues of trees. We were given complimentary macarons on arrival and enjoyed them with tea as we watched the rain pitter-patter on the tails of unbothered squirrels — how cute! The Milner Hotel really is a place you can enjoy come rain or shine.

The hotel was the absolute, perfect base from which to explore pretty much everything and anything. Just a few minutes drive away lies Bree and Kloof  – two favourites, Metropolitan streets for tourists and locals alike. Over the few days of our stay we visited many great spots, all within 5-10 minutes away.

We sank our teeth into cheesy pizza at the much-hyped “I love the dough” and tried out “Mochi Mochi” for dessert; we ordered fizzing and steaming cocktails from “Cause and Effect” at the V&A; and of course, we spent a fun-filled evening at the cheeky and illustrious “Beefcakes” in Green Point.

After each jam-packed day, coming home to our state-of-the-art bathtub and luxurious linen was the cherry on top. It fitted in perfectly with our diverse range of activities we had planned, and matched the entire style of our trip.

We didn’t want to leave!

And of course, we can’t wait to stay again…

To book your stay at the Cape Milner, contact

Tel: +27 11 516 4367
Email: res@extraordinary.co.za

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